31 years ago in sleepy Sonoma County, some 50 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, founders of the Wine Country Film Festival (WCFF) presented the region's first ever film festival! Never loosing sight of its mission to bring people, the arts and culture together, WCFF once again unfolds in gorgeous Sonoma Valley, California in September. In small town venues and outdoors under the stars, visitors and residents alike experience the best international and independent cinema the world has to offer.

Known as a Northern California cultural treasure, WCFF offers a carefully curates program of films, master classes, stimulating discussion and special events, often accompanied by live entertainment, dance performances, art exhibition and food and wine the region is famous for.

WCFF honors unsung and well-known talents alike. Patrick Swayze, Jonathan Demme, Dennis Hopper, Kirk Douglas, Nicolas Cage, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Rita Moreno, Keith Carradine, Martin Sheen, Ernest Borgnine, Lynn Redgrave, Anthony Edwards, Elliott Gould and Richard Harris are just a few of the big-screen luminaries who have been honored at WCFF. But more than star power, are the filmmakers who craft amazing films are at the heart of the WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL experience.

Competitive categories and screening blocks include The Arts In Film, EcoCinema, CineLatino, Cinema of Conscience, World Cinema, and First Features and Food On Film. The founders travel year round to festivals around the globe scouting for the very best and our programming committee is eager too see your films. We are interested in movies that make a difference - movies we like to say "have Heart."
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Awards & Prizes

Best Feature and Short Film in various categories,
WCFF Humanitarian Award,
Best First Feature Film,
Jack London Screenplay Award,
Jack London Spirit Award,
Margrit & Robert Mondavi Peace & Cultural Understanding Prize,
the WCFF David L. Wolper Documentary Film Prize.
GAIA Film Prize for best film related to the environment.

Rules & Terms

GENERAL INFORMATION / REGULATIONS
 
GENERAL INFORMATION / REGULATIONS
Send entry form, fee, DVD of photo stills, and viewing copy to: Wine Country Film Festival, P.O. Box 303, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 if using Mail. Or if by courier use Print Shipping address: Wine Country Film Festival, 12000 Henno Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.
 
Participants are responsible for all freight, customs and handling charges.
Arrangements are to be made with our Print Traffic Department for Shipping Details. Screening Entries will not be returned unless prior arrangement is made and return shipping is paid.
 
1) DATE and PLACE
The 31st Annual Wine Country Film Festival is set for Sept 20– 25, 2017 in Sonoma County ( Kenwood, plus other locations) , just 50 miles north of San Francisco, in the heart of California’s premium wine country. Additional “Best of Fest” Screenings may follow the Festival.
 
2) PURPOSE
The Festival promotes the development and appreciation of fine film and the arts and stimulates cultural understanding and exchange. The Festival provides rich materials for our Cinema In Education® Project that encourages and facilitates the use of film as an educational asset.
 
3) PRINCIPAL CATEGORIES The Festival accepts feature films, shorts, documentaries, experimental, animation and student films in all formats. There are six categories: World Cinema, U.S. Cinema, CineLatino, Eco Cinema, Cinema of Conscience (films of Political or Social Comment, particularly Human Rights) Arts in Film and Food on Film.

4) OTHER EVENTS- COMPETITIONS The Festival also organizes seminars, master classes, special programs and Tribute presentations. COMPETITIONS: Best Feature and Short Film in various categories, WCFF Humanitarian Award, Best First Feature Film, Jack London Screenplay Award, Jack London Spirit Award, Margrit & Robert Mondavi Peace & Cultural Understanding Prize, the WCFF David L. Wolper Documentary Film Prize ,and the GAIA Film Prize for best film related to the environment. Competition will be held during the Festival.
 
5) SELECTION The Program Director is responsible for establishing the selection of films and special programs. Entry in Festival constitutes agreement to participate if the film is selected.
 
6) UPON ACCEPTANCE, entrant must include TWO or more High resolution PUBLICITY STILLS and the DIRECTOR’S HEADSHOT by email or FTP site. Publicity stills should represent a scene from the film. Please send sample of Press Kits, Stills, Director’s Bio/Filmography and support materials at time of Acceptance. Include S. A. S. Post Card to acknowledge receipt of entry.
 
7) PRODUCERS Upon acceptance, the producers of each film must submit the following: a) DCP if requested, BluRay or ProRes digital file; b) a film synopsis; c) IMPERATIVE: Four (4) or more HIGH RES. publicity stills and director’s headshot on DVD or emailed; d) six (6) PRESS kits; e) Publicity Posters; and f)photo, bio and filmography of director. Electronic Press kit or video clips in HD are encouraged, as are Music Soundtracks. Digital copy of the film will be kept in the Festival library for all selected films.

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